The Best 2023: The Moments That Defined Lumens This Year

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Women in Design Summit

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The Best of 2023

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The Moments That Defined Lumens

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2023 was another big year for Lumens, filled with innovation and engagement in the lighting and design world. Sustainability and collaboration became central themes of the year, as we reconnected with designers here in California, over in New York City and around the world. Together, we highlighted environmentally conscious design strategies and materials while learning more about the ins- and outs- that make great design perpetually compelling—directly from the brightest minds in design like Piero Lissoni, Marcel Wanders, Colin King and more.

From embracing LEDs to amplifying previously unheard voices and even following our favorite designers for a day, these are our top moments of 2023.

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January

Lumens Commits to LED 

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by Kuzco Lighting

Chute Calypso LED Pendant + Sirius LED Chandelier by Kuzco Lighting

Lumens Began LED-ing the Way from January 1, 2023

To start the year, we made the pledge to exclusively offer LED lighting – eight months ahead of the United States’ federal ban on incandescent bulbs. We’ve always believed that good design can be good for the planet too.


See the Lumens Guide to LED


March

Women in Design

Women in Design Summit

Lumens hosts the Women in Design Summit

This year, we dedicated our spring Design Event to championing women in design. Combining in-depth interviews and exclusive collections, the event honored women’s perspectives across the industry. Our panel discussions showcasing the approaches of women designers and design executives from around the world were captivating conversations about perspective, design and our collective future.


Read More on Women in Design

The Innovators Council

For those who’ve ever wondered how leading designers spend their days: We launched our Day-in-the-Life video series this year, going behind the scenes with Lumens Innovator Council members Anne Sage, Shari Francis and Adi Goodrich. 

Anne Sage

Anne Sage

Follow along as Anne Sage reflects on her personal style and the importance of bringing authenticity and humor to your brand and social media. 

Shari Francis

Shari Francis

Follow along as Shari Francis spends her day teaching the next generation of design students, connecting with clients, renovating her family home and more.

Adi Goodrich

Adi Goodrich

Follow along as Lumens Innovators Council member Adi Goodrich takes us along on a day of site visits, spends time in her workshop and explains what it means to be a spatial designer.


May

Designed for Living

Camaleonda Sofa by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia

Camaleonda Sofa by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia

Luxury Upholstery Arrives Stateside with Additions of B&B Italia, Potrona Frau, Cappellini and More

Great designs are timeless but there’s still a first time for everything, and this May marked a momentous first for Lumens, becoming the inaugural online retailer of the iconic brand B&B Italia in North America. Their luxury upholstery was an instant hit with the Lumens design community, inspiring the addition of Potrona Frau, Cappellini and others to our catalog.


Shop Furniture

Peacock Chair by Cappellini

Cappellini

Le Bambole by B&B Italia

B&B Italia

Nivola Sofa by Poltrona Frau

Poltrona Frau


June

Sustainability Stories  

Chute Calypso LED Pendant + Sirius LED Chandelier by Kuzco Lighting

Lumens Hosts the Sustainability Summit

“Sustainability” is more than a buzzword to us, which is why we launched the Lumens Guide to Sustainability this June. In addition to primers on sustainable design and How-To’s for updating spaces of all sizes, we continue to spotlight the makers and design initiatives that exemplify the motto: Good design is sustainable design.


Learn More


August

Meet the Makers

Piero Lissoni

The Best Interviews of 2023

Over the course of this year, we interviewed over a dozen leading designers and makers to discover their creation processes first-hand. Along the way, we learned their inspirations, pet peeves, and the family histories behind their design careers.

Read More


September

Made in Italy  

Penelope Floor Lamp by Domenico Rinaldi for Fisionarte

Lady Galala Pendant by Martinelli Luce

Lumens Celebrates Italian Design Heritage

With a well-established design pedigree dating back centuries, Italian brands and designers have played major roles in many design movements—and continue to do so to this day. At the link below we explore how the phrase “Made in Italy” has always been synonymous with world-class craftsmanship, luxurious materials and avant-garde thinking.


Learn More

Big ideas from the

Lumens Design Experience Logo

October 3-5 2023, New York

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Big ideas from the

Lumens Design Experience Logo

October 3-5 2023, New York

Our immersive design showcase came to life in real-time this fall over the course of three idea-packed days in New York City. Featuring immersive brand seminars and insights from leading designers like Marcel Wanders, Cindy Allen and Colin King the event highlighted a the myriad of innovations emerging in modern design.

Our immersive design showcase came to life in real-time this fall over the course of three idea-packed days in New York City. Featuring 9 brand partners with immersive seminars and insights from leading designers like Marcel Wanders, Michael Anastassiades and Colin King the event highlighted the many innovations emerging in modern design.  

“If you’re not inspired, your problem is too small. Get a bigger problem.”

– Marcel Wanders

2023 Lumens Design Experience - ILLUMINATE X 3 Hosted by Cindy Allen

October 3, 2023 @ NeueHouse Madison Square

ILLUMINATED X 3 – Hosted by Cindy Allen​

2023 Lumens Design Experience - Emerging Designer Panel Hosted by Dan Rubinstein

October 4, 2023 @ NeueHouse Madison Square

Emerging Designers Panel Hosted by Dan Rubinstein

2023 Lumens Design Experience - A Path from Past to Future with Marcel Wanders

October 5, 2023 @ NeueHouse Madison Square

A Path from Past to Future with Marcel Wanders


What’s Next

Innovators Council 2024 Predictions

We end 2023 with a look forward to predictions from our Innovators Council on everything from trending colors to materials to where the future of design is headed.

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